Crazy- eyed killer strikes
A KNIFE-wielding man who launched a deadly attack in Melbourne’s busy Bourke St yesterday is the brother of an accused terrorist alleged to have plotted a mass murder at Federation Square on New Year’s Eve.
Somali-born Islamic terrorist, known as Mohamed Khalif, and also Hassan Shire, stabbed a man to death and injured two other men after his Holden Rodeo exploded in the CBD about 4.10pm.
The man’s missing wife – who sources described as having been “radicalised” – was at the centre of a police hunt last night.
Heroic police officers and bystanders tackled the 31-yearold man, who was known to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, as he lunged at them with a knife.
He was shot in the chest and died in hospital last night.
Officers were understood to be last night raiding the home of the man, who sources said operated as a lone wolf.
The probe is being led by investigators from counter terrorism command and the homicide squad.
The man’s brother is Ali Khalif Shire Ali, 21, from Werribee, who will face a Supreme Court trial after pleading not guilty to preparing and collecting documents to commit a terror attack in Melbourne on December 31, 2017.
The man who carried out yesterday’s atrocity was one of 300 “persons of interest” in Victoria, identified as posing a potential security risk.
Authorities are set to use Victoria’s preventative deten- tion laws for the first time in the wake of the attack. The laws allow police to detain a suspect for at least seven days to prevent potential attacks.
Sources said authorities were likely to use the law to detain the suspect’s wife and any other associates deemed to be a security risk.
The Victorian Government’s counter-terrorism subcommittee of Cabinet meets today.
Premier Daniel Andrew has also suspended all election campaigning until at least tomorrow afternoon.
Several gas cylinders were found in the exploded car, according to police sources.
Bourke St was thrown into chaos by the deadly peak-hour rampage, as hundreds of people fled the scene outside the Target Centre.
A brave bystander who used a traffic cone to take on the man said: “He had crazy eyes.”
The two injured victims, aged 26 and 58, were being treated in hospital after being stabbed in the upper body.
Terrifying video footage of the incident showed a bearded man with a shaved head swinging a knife at police before he was shot by one of the officers.
“The cops were backing off but he kept coming at them,” a witness said.
Two bystanders stepped in to surround the man, including one who used a shopping trolley as a weapon.
Terrified bystanders yelled “shoot him, shoot him”.
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BLOODBATH: Police and emergency services officers at the scene of the mayhem in Bourke St in Melbourne’s CBD yesterday.